AFP MADURAI TUESDAY JULY 16, 2019 `6.00 PAGES 14 LATE CITY EDITION DID UMPIRING HOWLER COST NEW ZEALAND WORLD CUP? Former umpire & member of MCC’s laws sub-committee, Simon Taufel, says England were wrongly awarded 6 runs for overthrow ICC LAW SUPPORTS TAUFEL’S ASSERTION ■ 84 ERROR IN INTERPRETATION After Martin Guptill’s throw from the deep ricocheted off Ben Stokes’ bat, it went for a boundary. Kumar Dharmasena signalled a six but the corresponding law (Law 19.8: Overthrow or wilful act of fielder) indicates that, it should have only been five runs as Stokes and partner Adil Rashid hadn’t yet crossed when Guptill had released the ball ■ Speaking to an Australian daily, Taufel said: “It’s a clear mistake. The judgment error was the timing of when the fielder threw the ball. Act of overthrow starts when fielder releases ball.” According to law, Stokes and Rashid would have had to swap ends, with hosts needing four, not three, to win off two balls BEN STOKES WAS UNBEATEN ON 84 AT THE END OF THE ENGLAND INNINGS CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Don’t threaten us by raising your finger Asaduddin Owaisi, leader, AIMIM Moon mission aborted as rocket develops snag If you have fear in your heart, what can I do Amit Shah, home minister SWEEPING POWERS After sparks fly, LS passes NIA amendment bill EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi AFTER intense debate, the Lok Sabha on Monday passed the NIA (Amendment) Bill, giving sweeping powers to the agency to probe terrorist acts against Indians and Indian interests abroad, cyber crimes, and cases of human trafficking. The debate saw the opposition raising concerns that the NIA law might be misused to target a particular community but the government trashed the allegation saying its goal is to finish off terrorism. While sparks flew during the debate, the bill sailed through in the LS after Home Minister Amit Shah asserted that let there be division of votes as demanded by AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi, to know who is against terrorism and who is not. Division of votes saw members who were opposed to the legislation eventually supporting it. The bill was passed with 278 members supporting and Deported from UAE, 14 TN men arrested for IS links FIXING FUEL LEAK IN THE CRYOGENIC STAGE COULD TAKE 10 DAYS; NO WORD YET ON NEXT SHOT AT LAUNCH just six opposing it. The legislation seeks to broaden the NIA mandate to probe and prosecute scheduled offences, and also to create special courts. Notably, NIA officers will be able to investigate scheduled offences committed outside India. The debate witnessed heated exchanges between Owaisi and Shah when the AIMIM MP contested BJP MP Satyapal Singh’s claim that sleuths were forced to change the course of investigation during the UPA era. Reacting sharply to Owaisi’s interruption, Shah said, “We listened to you when you spoke, now you’ll have to listen to us.” Owaisi countered this, saying “Don’t threaten us by raising your finger.” Shah replied, “I’m not threatening, but if you’ve fear in your heart what can I do.” Later, the home minister said the government would finish off the scourge of terrorism irrespective of the religion of terrorists. NIRAD MUDUR & PEARL MARIA D’SOUZA @ Bengaluru/Sriharikota LEAK FOUND IN ONE OF THE GAS BOTTLES According to former ISRO chief Madhavan Nair, scientists apparently found leakage when pressurising a gas bottle. “It has to be identified where exactly it is taking place and corrective action has to be taken. That process is on now,” he said, adding a catastrophe was avoided as it was detected in time. Such glitches just before the launch are not uncommon, Nair said The suspects being brought to an NIA special court in Chennai | EXPRESS E X P R E S S N E W S S E R V I C E @ Chennai A N U S H A R A V I @ Bengaluru CHARTERED flights ferrying MLAs, herding of MLAs in resorts, marathon meetings to discuss the fate of the government may all come to an end on Thursday. The fate of the Congress-JDS coalition is all set to be decided on July 18 at 11 am when CM H D Kumaraswamy will move the turst motion in the assembly . Earlier in the day BJP sub, mitted a letter to the assembly secretary seeking to move a no-trust motion against the government. But Speaker K R Conwoman played her ‘cards’ well until she messed with a policeman Vasuki (35) of Valachikulam in Chittampatti by replacing her card. Police are questioning the woman to know whether she was involved in any other cheating incidents. TAPAS RANJAN SHE had a good run until she stole the ATM card of a police officer and bought gold jewellery using it. And, now R Seetha Lakshmi is cooling her heels behind the bars with at least four cases, related to cheating bank customers, registered against her. Last Friday when the police , officer’s father N Marimuthu of Tagore Nagar Main Road of Sellur went to an ATM kiosk, Seetha Lakshmi approached him and offered help to withdraw money. After ‘trying’ to withdraw money using it, the woman returned another card to the unsuspecting septuagenarian, saying the account did not have enough balance. Sources said that from the ATM kiosk, Seethalakshmi went straight to a jewellery shop and bought gold worth `1,08,000. She paid `1 lakh by swiping the card. Upon receiving a message in his phone, the police officer alerted the jewellery shop in no time. The employees of the shop engaged her till the personnel from Thilagar Thidal police station arrived and arrested her. Questioning the 40-year-old woman of EVR Nagar in Pudukottai district revealed that she had stolen `2.01 lakh from four bank customers in the last six months. Police said that though she was involved in many a stealing incident, it was for the first time that she was being arrested. On June 30, Seethalakshmi had stolen `46,000 from one M A technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system at t-minus 56 minutes. As a measure of abundant precaution Chandrayaan 2 launch has been called off - ISRO Scientists give the thumbs up Special policemen eye Sangh in Nitish’s Bihar R A J E S H K U M A R T H A K U R @ Patna Several space scientists appreciated the ISRO for calling off the launch rather than hurrying into a major disaster. It is better to be safe than sorry, they said New launch window to be decided Not possible to make the launch within the current window. A new launch schedule will be announced later. The delay could be at least 45 days AS talks between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal-U over Union cabinet formation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second term ran into rough weather, the Bihar Police began the process of collecting data and details of all office-bearers of the RSS and its 17 subsidiary organisations in the state. In a letter issued on May 28, accessed by this newspaper, the Superintendent of Police of the Special Branch assigned this task to all his deputy superintendents of police in the districts and to report back “within a week”. The Modi 2.0 government was sworn in on May 30. “Collect all details, including names, telephone numbers, professions and addresses of all office-bearNitish Kumar ers of the RSS and 17 other associated and supporting organizations, treating it as most urgent and file the details within a week,” the letter stated. Efforts to find out if the reports had been filed by the DSP’s by June first week proved futile as police officials clammed up and threatened this correspondent for “leaking” confidential information. The Special Branch is tasked with confidentially briefing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is also the Home Minister, on sensitive issues. HDK government to seek trust vote on Thursday FOURTEEN people from Tamil Nadu, arrested by the National Investigation Agency in Delhi in connection with the Easter Day Blasts in Sri Lanka, were brought to Chennai on Monday and remanded by a special NIA court. The accused were brought by a special flight under high security to the city and transported to the special court in Poonamallee. Judge , Chenthoor Pandi remanded them till July 25. NIA special public prosecutor CSS Pillai told Express that the 14 accused had been deported from UAE in two batches on July 13. The NIA had booked them on various accounts, including for being associated with a terrorist organisation. The prosecutor alleged in court that the accused were involved in mopping funds by forming two Islamic groups, both of which are alleged to have links with pro-ISIS outfits. Pillai also alleged the purpose of formation of these organisations was to establish Islamic rule in the country through violence means. Following the arrests, NIA carried out raids in various places in Chennai and Nagapattinam, including at the premises of Syed Bukhari the state president of Wahdat-e-Islami Hind, an Islamic outfit registered as a charitable organisation. Officials alleged that they also raided the residences and offices of other members of the organisation. Officials alleged that the organiP5 sation was funding the Ansarulla gang. V I G N E S H V @ Madurai WHAT was billed as a spectacle for space enthusiasts turned into a dud in the wee hours of Monday as the launch of India’s second Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, was halted an hour before liftoff because of a technical snag. The snag was detected in the fuel conductor of the cryogenic engine of the massive 640-tonne Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark-III M1. Nicknamed ‘Baahubali’ because of its humongous lifting power, the rocket was to launch India’s first unmanned Moonlanding mission. But it was called off 56 minutes and 24 seconds before the scheduled liftoff at 2.51 am. As ISRO scientists don’t want to take any chances, they chose to miss the current launch window that was open from July 9 till Monday . The postponement is “indefinite”, sources explained, saying the rectification itself is likely to take about 10 days. Only after the snag is addressed, the ISRO will look for a fresh launch schedule. In other words, the next window for the `978 crore Chandrayaan-2’s launch is could be weeks away with one estimate suggesting a , delay of at least 45 days. GSLV Mark-III’s performance is crucial since it is expected to be the launch vehicle for India’s first-ever manned space mission, the Gaganyaan, for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a 2022 deadline. Three Indian astronauts will be sent to space for a week on board the Gaganyaan. It is better to be safe than sorry If any. thing goes wrong with this launch (Chandrayaan-2), it would weigh heavily on the minds of the mission scientists for Gaganyaan, especially considering there would be astronauts on board,” a senior space scientist said. The snag was detected late on Sunday night while filling liquid oxygen in the cryogenic engine stage of the rocket. Scientists then quickly drained fuel from the engine. Rame sh Ku m a r d e ci d e d Thursday to be the D-Day for the coalition government before suspending the business of the House for two days. “It has been decided in the Business Advisory Committee that the discussion on the vote of confidence will be taken on Thursday at 11am,” said Siddaramaiah, Congress Legislature Party chief, after the meeting held on Monday afternoon. “I am confident. Why are you worried?” said an agitated Kumaraswamy as media persons flocked around him as he K’taka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy at the Vidhana Soudha on Monday | PTI emerged out of the meeting. Meanwhile, the 15 rebel MLAs lodged in a Mumbai hotel reiterated they would not return to Bengaluru for the trust vote. They are awaiting the Supreme Court’s verdict on their petition over resignations and are unlikely to attend the session on Thursday . Leaders like Ramalinga Reddy, the coalition insists, are already on board to withdraw resignation. But with numbers still not adding up in its favour, the coalition now rests at 102 including the Speaker and a nominated member of the Anglo-Indian community against the BJP’s , 107 including the support of two independent MLAs. Taking no chances, the parties took their respective legislators to resorts where they will spend two more days in luxury before the House reconvenes on Thursday . “We submitted a letter to the Secretary to begin debates on a ‘No-confidence motion’ today itself but the CM said he will move a confidence motion on Thursday and we have agreed,” said opposition leader B S Yeddyurappa. WASTE-D LIFE Forest official raises a stink over tiger’s death S S E N T H I L K U M A R @ Coimbatore A piece of blade and tapeworms were among the whatnots retrieved from the viscera of a fallen tiger, whose carcass was found near the Parsons Valley reservoir in the Nilgiris district on Sunday evening. While forest officials suspect the tiger choked on a sambar deer, questions about society’s refuse tampering with the food chain raises concerns about the local civic body’s waste management system. The carcass of the six-yearold tiger was found 100 metres away from the backwater of the Parsons Valley Reservoir by anti-poaching watchers on a routine patrol. The officials suspect the feline fell three days ago as his body was bloated. Initially, there were suspicions of poisoning -- a sniffer dog from Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) disproved the belief. Later, Forest officials ruled out the possibility of poisoning. On Monday, Animal Husbandry Department veterinarians Raju and Tamil Selvan conducted the postmortem examination. The veterinarians retrieved samples of vital organs to ascertain the exact cause of the death by sending them for analysis to Coimbatore and Chennai. The carcass was found in a remote area, said District Forest Officer of the Nilgiris Forest division D G u r u s w a m y. “There is no evidence of poisoning. However, we would be able to confirm it only after getting the postmortem reports. The animal was suffering from indigestion and there were traces of sambar deer in his throat. This might have blocked his respiratory system. There are signs that the animal vomited after quenching his thirst in the backwaters. However, we were shocked to find a small piece of blade in his intestine; it could have entered its body when it consumed the sambar deer, which might been fed on garbage.” Urging the local civic body to get its act together to protect the wildlife, he said, “We also found tapewor ms -which are generally found in goats -- in the big cat’s intestine. Though the Nilgiris is a plastic-free district, garbage mounds and dumps are strewn with plastics and refuse. Sambar deer and bisons rummage these dumps in the Ooty town. The carcass of the big cat was found just 25 km away from Ooty town area. The local body should carry out proper solid waste management practice by fencing off the area for the welfare of wild animals,” he added. After postmortem examination, the carcass was burnt as per the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
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